That all may know Christ as their personal Savior, boldly sharing His love to expand His Kingdom.
That we would be a passionate, contagious Christian community in joyful service to the glory of God.
As members of Christ Community and the Christian Church, we exist to KNOW Christ, SHOW Love, and GROW Followers.
At Christ Community our goal is simple, to make Christ known to those in our community so that they might experience the live changing love of a merciful and gracious God. Our Core Values highlight those things that we hold as important in carrying out our mission as followers of Christ.
Growing God’s Kingdom: Our united purpose is to share the good news of the Gospel with those apart from Christ wherever they are. The congregation is not the mission, the congregation is established by God to accomplish THE mission: To share Jesus.
Christ-centered Ministry and Education: In everything, our authority is the Bible. We believe that growing in our faith and knowledge of Christ is meant to be an exciting lifelong adventure through which we grow toward Christian maturity. We promote personal, spiritual growth through effective Bible teaching and training for service.
Inspiring Worship: the example of Scripture is clear, in the early days of the Church, believers gathered together regularly for community worship, prayer, sharing of the Sacraments, and the preaching of the Word. We believe that this continues to be a necessary part of the Christian journey. But we also believe that church should be an enjoyable experience that draws our attention away from our daily concerns and directs our hearts and minds to God. We seek to design our worship gatherings so that all who come through our doors have opportunity to be lifted up as they actively engage with God.
Christ Centered Living: We believe a relationship with Christ can make a joyful difference in our daily lives. We share His love with each other and with the world around us. In His name we seek to meet needs. Through personal Bible study and prayer, we continue to grow closer to Christ. We want to reflect His presence in the way we live and relate to others.
Friendship & Fellowship: not only do we take joy in worship of God, but we also take joy in fellowship with one another. Our community is one not only of believers in Christ, but also a community of friends. We enjoy company with each other and take opportunity to spend time with one another throughout the week. We want to be friends, and we seek to fulfill that desire with the people we meet. We recognize that we are all a little banged up in life, but that doesn’t change the love that Jesus has for each and every one of us and we desire to share that same love with one another.
Our Core Beliefs are the foundation of what we believe, what we teach, and how we live our lives.
- The Bible- The Bible is the true word of God and, though written by human hands, contains exactly what God intended. It serves as the source for all that we believe and confess.
- The Trinity-We believe in one God who exists in three separate yet equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
- God the Father is our maker and the creator of all things.
- Jesus Christ, the Son of God
- The Holy Spirit guides us, empowers us, and equips us to be followers of Christ.
- Creation- In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth out of nothing. All of space and time was created at His command. On the earth he created water and land and all manner of living things. When He reached the correct time, he also created humanity, male and female, equal companions, perfect expressions of God’s love.
- Sin- Sin is a rejection of God. It is a decision to forsake God’s commands and engage in activities, whether thought or deed, which are counter to God’s intention and desire. Sin entered the world when Adam and Eve responded to the tempting words of the serpent and disobeyed God. This was a decision which they freely made. As a result, God’s creation has been tainted by sin.
- Worship- Worship is connection to God as we praise and adore the only one who is worthy of our worship. We believe this is meant to be a regular part of our lives and that God does not expect us to exercise our faith alone but instead in the community of others of like mind. We gather each week on Sunday to worship God our Father in heaven and his Son Jesus Christ who has poured out on us the Holy Spirit.
- Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion- God has commanded us to observe two things that we call “Sacraments.” Sacraments are actions instituted by Jesus and passed down in the Church, practiced by all generations of believers.
- Sacrament of Holy Baptism
- What is Baptism? Holy Baptism is the washing with water as Christ was baptized in the Jordan River. In baptism Christ meets with us, giving us forgiveness for our sins in the washing of the water. We believe that this action is dependent on faith and that coming to baptism is only effective if you believe that Christ is present in that moment.
- Who do you baptize? We baptize adults, children, and infants as scripture says in Acts 16:33 “…then immediately he and all his household were baptized.” We believe that “whole household” includes all persons present, including children. Baptism has the power to work faith even in the tiniest of children.
- I’ve heard Lutherans don’t immerse, is this true? While it is true that most Lutheran churches (including Christ Community) practice baptism by “sprinkling” (the application of a small amount of water poured on the head), we also baptize by full immersion if that is desired! What is important is that water, along with the word of God, is applied and received in faith. The amount doesn’t change the effect of the baptism. If you would like to be baptized by immersion we are happy to do so!
- Sacrament of Holy Communion
- What is Communion? On the night when Jesus Christ was arrested and went to the cross, he met with his disciples to celebrate the Jewish holiday of the Passover. At that supper, he took bread and wine and blessed it, giving it to his disciples with the words “this is my body” and “this is my blood.” We continue this celebration, believing that in the eating of the bread and the drinking of the wine, Christ is truly present.
- It is still bread and wine, is Christ really there? Yes he is! Though we do not know how God accomplishes this, we believe that when we eat and drink, though it remains bread and wine, Christ comes to meet with us through these elements. While we cannot explain HOW God does it, we believe HIS words that say HE IS THERE! It is one of the great mysteries of heaven.
- I have heard that you use wine, why not grape juice? Actually, we offer both. If you come to the table, the majority of the cups will be wine. We use wine because that is what Jesus used. At the last supper when he instituted Communion, he passed around the cup at the table which, according to the tradition of Passover, would have been filled with wine. We follow that tradition. That said, we recognize that in this day and age there are many who cannot drink, or prefer not to drink, alcohol. That is why we offer grape juice as well. In the end, both are fruit of the vine, one is fermented, the other is not but they have the same base. We believe that this is an acceptable substitution. If you prefer grape juice, just look for the cups in the center which have white juice rather than red wine.
- What is with the single cup? We offer two options to receive the blood of Christ at Communion. In recognition of the single cup that was passed around at the Last Supper, we also offer a single cup at Communion. BUT, we also recognize that many people would prefer not to share a cup with others and so we also offer individual cups. Just indicate to the server if you would prefer to wait for the common cup. Please note- that cup is only available with wine.
- Sacrament of Holy Baptism